It’s an exciting time for tinsel town — celebrities have not been on their best behaviour over the past few days. Actor Matthew Fox has been arrested for allegedly punching a female bus driver, Shia LaBeouf is rumoured to have had a public meltdown, and talk show host-cum-comedian Chelsea Handler is said to have been caught doing lines of cocaine at a boat party.
The sardonic Chelsea Handler made gossip headlines on August 29 when she got caught in a men’s bathroom stall inhaling coke with a man in “gold shoes,” according to sources. Page Six reported that the incident occurred at a decked out boat party thrown by none other than dashing hotelier Andre Balazs, Handler’s beau. Handler, who couldn’t stand showing up to the festivities early, immediately called for one too many drinks.
According to sources, Handler was initially, “totally cool and unassuming. But things got wilder later in the evening.” Handler is no stranger to the world of hard drugs and has been very open about ‘using’ them in her biography, My Horizontal Life.
On the contrary, Handler’s behaviour was relatively mild compared to the show which Shia LaBeouf put on at a party to mark the opening of The Box nightclub in Los Angeles on August 27. Inspired by Hurricane Irene perhaps, LaBeouf allegedly sprayed his date and Marilyn Manson (of all people!) with a jet of water from his mouth in what can only be described as a public meltdown of disastrous proportions. A witness revealed that, “Shia picked up a bottle of water and shot a mouthful of water over his seated date’s legs. Then he put more water in his mouth and started spitting it all over his tablemates, including Marilyn Manson. He seemed wasted.”
Following this — instead of apologising for his shenanigans — LaBeouf is said to have started screaming at his date and friends and raced for the exit, stumbling over and crashing into crowds of people, some of whom (unsuccessfully) tried to stop him before he hurt himself. Panicked, LaBeouf’s date, Karolyn Pho, followed him out to do some damage control but to no avail. The Transformers actor fell over a barricade outside the club. While swearing, he picked himself up and ran away from the crime scene with his date. Whether he’s doing it for publicity or not, LeBouef has recently built a sturdy reputation for being high on the unstable list on Hollywood charts.
Meanwhile, “Lost” star Matthew Fox also got into trouble on August 27, getting embroiled in a fistfight with unsuspecting female bus driver Heather Borman. In similar-to-abovementioned alcohol fuelled circumstances, Fox is reported to have ‘lost’ it when Borman, driving a private party bus, refused to let the inebriated star on board, who is currently shooting a film in Cleveland Ohio.
According to TMZ, Borman stated that Fox “stepped in for a right hook to my pelvis area and started wailing on me like I was a man”. Borman fought back in self-defence, landing a blow to Fox’s jaw. On Monday, she took to the streets of Cleveland, showing off her battle scars — nasty bruises and a bandaged hand — to the press, saying that she will be pressing charges.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.
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